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The Iliad by Homer
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Jul 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: foreign, classics, ancient-world, started-reading
Read from May 29 to July 23, 2012

Typical of my style, I made it about three-fifths of the way through the book (through Book 14). This was my first go at a Homer classic and while I don't have anything to compare it to yet, the Fagles translation had a good flow to it. As for the story itself, I enjoyed the interplay of gods and men, but there's only so much I can take of the hundreds of characters battling it out, scene after scene - which I expected; I gave it the 500-page epic the J. J. Try, but couldn't quite make it.

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Reading Progress

05/29/2012 page 99
14.0% "Grabbed a copy from the library, skipped the translator's intro, and ripped right through Book One. Much easier read than I expected."
06/02/2012 page 121
17.0% "Oh, man. Wading through the biblically long list of warrior tribes preparing for battle... Glad Penguin has short character summaries at the end of the book." 1 comment
06/06/2012 page 233
33.0% "Finally getting used to the rhythm of battles, gods, and mortals in this ancient tale."
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